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A deputy was driving on Eby Creek Road in Eagle on March 24 when a motorcyclist waved him down. The motorcyclist pointed at a car ahead of them at a stoplight and said the driver was drunk and driving dangerously.

The deputy followed the suspect vehicle and saw it weave several times into the opposite lane by as much as half a car width. The officer stopped the car and contacted the 78-year-old driver.

The car smelled of alcohol and the man admitted he had too much to drink. He was on his way home from a bar.

He was cited for driving under the influence of alcohol and weaving, and released into the custody of his wife.

After her unlocked car was rummaged on March 30 while parked outside her family's home on Gold Dust Drive in Edwards, a 21-year-old woman demanded that a plain-clothes deputy keep watch on her neighborhood.

An officer advised her to lock her car. She said she shouldn't have to because the house she lives in is worth $2 million. She said she would check and let the deputy know if anything was missing from her car.

On March 30, a resident of Squaw Creek Road in Edwards reported hearing gunshots and seeing cars parked around a campfire on private property.

A deputy contacted two young men at the scene and asked about the gun shots. The men said a couple other guys were shooting clay pigeons with shotguns and left 20 minutes earlier.

The officer told them they had to put the fire out and leave. He then saw that one of the men had a firearm attached to his hip and concealed under his sweatshirt. He confiscated the gun for his safety.

The deputy asked if it was OK to secure the weapon in the back of the man's car. The man said yes and when the deputy opened the car he smelled marijuana. He asked the man if he had marijuana in the car. The man said yes, two bongs and a grinder. The other man also admitted to having a bong and marijuana in his car.

Both men were cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A deputy saw a car driving without headlights on U.S. Highway 6 in Edwards on March 30.

He stopped the car and contacted the 33-year-old driver, who identified herself with a foreign ID. The officer discovered the woman had been warned twice for driving without a valid license and cited three other times for doing so.

The woman's car was impounded and she was cited for failing to display headlamps when required and driving without a valid license.

A deputy stopped a car for driving without its headlights on Highway 6 in Avon on April 1.

The 22-year-old driver smelled of alcohol and admitted to having a few drinks earlier. He submitted to voluntary roadside maneuvers, which he failed, and was arrested for further investigation of DUI.

He was cited for DUI, no proof of insurance and driving without headlights.

A Big consequence

for a small thing

A deputy stopped a car on Highway 6 in Edwards on April 1 because the car had defective license plate lamps.

When he contacted the 28-year-old driver, the car smelled of marijuana. The driver also said he left his license at home.

Officers asked him if there was any marijuana in the car. The man said there was a pipe in the glove box. The officers also discovered the man's license was suspended for an unpaid ticket.

The man was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving under restraint and for defective license plate lamps.

• A softball-sized rock was thrown through the driver-side window of a car while it was parked at the Wolcott Park and Ride on March 27.

• A Gypsum resident on Estes Lane reported that her shed was broken into. A padlock was broken and the doors were ripped off between March 26 and 27.

• An unlocked car was rummaged while it was parked on Homestead Drive in Edwards on March 29.

• A man reported that an interlock breathalyzer worth $950 had been disconnected and stolen from his truck while it was left unlocked for servicing at an Eagle-Vail business on March 30. It appeared that the interlock device was targeted by the thief, as other valuables were left in the vehicle.

• A woman reported that she left her purse on a table at a store in Gypsum on March 18. When she returned to get it on March 19, her wallet was missing from the purse.

On March 29, a man reported that a chain and lock had been cut off a gate on some property space he rents on Brush Creek Road in Eagle.

He suspected the landlord was responsible, who wants him to move out. He said he only had a verbal agreement with the landlord, so there was no documentation of it.

The landlord confirmed there was no documentation. She said the man promised to do work in exchange for storage space and he hasn't done the work. She denied cutting the lock, however.

The deputy told the man and the woman that it was one person's word against the other, so nothing could be resolved. He said they should always have a written document when renting a residence or storage space.


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The VailDaily Updated Apr 11, 2012 01:27PM Published Apr 11, 2012 01:25PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.